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Greece judicial system: the whole truth and nothing but the truth

Nick Malkoutzis via Macropolis| Next summer, Greece is due to exit its eight-year programme. Athens and its creditors, who have closely shaped and overseen this long adjustment process, will want to argue that a changed country is emerging. The sorry state of the judicial system currently stands as one of the biggest blots in their copybook. The case against the former head of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), Andreas Georgiou is a case in point.


Holding Out For A (Reformist) Hero

Nick Malkoutzis via Macropolis | Since the start of the Greek crisis, many international commentators (as well as locals) have been holding out hope that a reformist white knight would emerge from the political morass and ride to Greece’s rescue. Reality, though, has been equally consistent in shattering their illusions. Despite numerous false dawns, the latest candidate for this position is former administrative reform minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who caused an upset by winning New Democracy’s leadership vote on January 10th.

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Tsipras is at his strongest, but for how long?

ATHENS | By Nick Malkoutzis via MacroPolis | Working out how Alexis Tsipras went from anti-austerity crusader to comfortably winning an election while promising to implement the third bailout, and in the process turning a resounding “No” in the July referendum to a humiliating “Yes” a week later, is something that political scientists will study for years to come.

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Greek elections: A rather positive status quo

LONDON | Barclays | Despite this clear victory and positive status quo, a number of key questions remain for the post-election era: Will the quarterly targets be met as the macroeconomic outlook worsens? Will the ECB reintroduce the waiver on GGBs and include them in the PSPP programme?


Austerity Economics is Fraying Europe’s Social Contract

Conn M. Hallinan |  On one level, the recent financial agreement between the European Union (EU) and Greece makes no sense. Not a single major economist thinks the $96 billion loan will allow Athens to repay its debts or get the economy moving anywhere but downward.